Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reading Envy Episode 018: Dystopia is My Religion

In episode 18, Jenny and Scott talk about the best of 2014!

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Some of the books mentioned (the ones we've read, at least):

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Orfeo by Richard Powers
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Chimpanzee by Darin Bradley
The End is Nigh, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
The Open Door: 100 Years of Poetry Magazine
The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon
The Most Dangerous Book by Kevin Birmingham
Everything Annie Dillard has written
Pavane by Keith Roberts
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (read by Wil Wheaton)
The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara Tuchman
Jesus: A Pigrimage by James Martin

And some lists:

NPR Book Concierge 2014

NY Times 100 Notable Books

GoodReads Best of 2014 (user-voted)

Audible Best Books of 2014

Tor.com Reviewers Choice - Best Books of 2014

Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Feb 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jenny's Library Books Mid-December

This month I have two piles of library books.  Since I work in a library, sometimes the books I check out are actually work related.  I'm planning an improv retreat for my group of Outreach librarians and staff in the library, so this pile should not be a surprise!

Bossypants by Tina Fey 
Theatre Games and Beyond by Amiel Schotz
The Improv Handbook by Tom Salinsky
The Second City Almanac of Improvisation by Anne Libera

Of these books, the most useful were The Improv Handbook and Threatre Games and Beyond. I was looking for practical, hands-on exercises I could use and adapt.  The Almanac was interesting but is really for super-fans of that venue, while The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom and the Sawyer text were too specific to K-6 students.  I'm going to be using a bit of the Bossypants audiobook to help kick off the retreat.

The Blue Fox by Sjon
My Struggle: Book One by Karl Ove Knausgard
what the world will look like when all the water leaves us by Laura van den Berg
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (with bonus photo of me in the spine)
Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming
Hopper by Mark Strand
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti
Collected Poems by Mark Strand
When Mark Strand passed away, I collected all the books I hadn't yet read from my local libraries.  That only numbered two, but reading the Collected Poems was a nice personal tribute to one of my favorite poets!  If you are not familiar with his work, check out Eating Poetry, probably the only poem with a stamping, weeping librarian.

The Sjon and Paterniti were for book clubs - World's Literature and the in-person one.  I read the van den Berg to discuss on the Reading Envy podcast, based on a previous Reading Envy podcast, so it felt like a meta-experience.  The Jamison and Cumming are to continue reading more non-fiction, although I haven't read either. They are likely candidates for holiday reads, as well as the Knausgard.  I am half way through the Roth but not super into it - my intention was to read it before the movie came out but I might decide to just enjoy the story that way. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Reading Envy Podcast Episode 017: Homeric Radiation at Lake Inverness

In this episode we bring our pal Luke Burrage, who was recording past midnight in Berlin for Episode 017.

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Books discussed:


The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark by Dennis Ronald MacDonald
what the world will look like when the water leaves us by Laura van den Berg
Ill Met in Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber
The Son of God in the Roman World by Michael Peppard
As They Were by M.F.K. Fisher

Other books and topics that came up along the way:
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O'Brien
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, the new audiobook
The "Bryan List" of post-modern literature (see comments on Reading Envy Episode 003)
SFF Audio Odyssey readalong (first of six episodes)
Engaging the Powers by Walter Wink
Find Me by Laura van den Berg
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
George Singleton, author
George Saunders, author
The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
The Persistence of Vision by John Varley
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Gladiator, the movie, which Jenny has never seen
Les Miserables, the movie, where Russell Crowe sings
Les Miserables, the 25th anniversary tv special

You can find Luke Burrage, international juggler and entertainer, on his website.  He is also known for the Science Fiction Book Review Podcast, where he reviews every single science fiction book that he reads.

More stalking:
Jenny at GoodReads
Scott at GoodReads
Jenny on Twitter
Scott on Twitter
Scott on his blog

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jenny's Books Added November 2014

Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe
The Chronicles of Amber, V. II by Roger Zelazny (includes Sign of the Unicorn, The Hand of Oberon, and The Courts of Chaos)
Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, read by David Sedaris and others
Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler, read by Amy Poehler and others
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, read by Alessandro Juliani
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Kim de Blecourt
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami, read by Kirby Heyborne
The Last One Left by John D. MacDonald
Continental Drift by Russell Banks
Gaal the Conqueror (Archives of Anthropos) by John White

Book clubs - the Wolfe and the Sedaris.
Wish list items found - John White, a series I read as a child and I will not re-read until I find all five!
Review copies - the Murakami.
Preparing for vacation - the MacDonald, the Vandermeer, and the Banks.
Reading goals - Zelazny.
Audible deals - Valente, Lem, and Poehler!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Contribute to our podcast!

We have had a fantastic year kicking off the Reading Envy podcast, and we hope you have been enjoying it.  We always welcome feedback, particularly the constructive kind - what do you like to hear the most in an episode? What have you thought about some of our experiments?

Jenny will be compiling an end of the year episode, but we need your contributions!  To participate, record a brief audio file (.mp3 is best) with:

1. Your name (or code name)
2. Your location (or not)
3. Your favorite book you read in 2014
4. Why was it your favorite?

Try to keep it under 5 minutes or Jenny will edit you severely!  These will be compiled into a podcast episode that will post at the end of the year.  We would love for you to be a part of it.

If you aren't a person who usually records, here are some ideas of what to use:
  • If you keep it under a minute, you can send a file from the built-in voice recorder/memo on iOS devices.  
  • DropVox is an app that interfaces with DropBox, and once you have recorded it uploads it, and from there you can send a link to a file.
  • Audacity is open source software that rivals other basic audio recording and editing programs.  If you find it too complicated to download the lame encoder that exports to MP3, you can send Jenny a WAV and she will do that part. 
  • GarageBand, dragged into iTunes, file converted to MP3.
We look forward to hearing from you!  Please e-mail submissions to readingenvy @ gmail dot com. Send by December 26 to ensure we receive the file in time!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Reading Envy Podcast Episode 016: Was That Mansplaining?

This episode features a repeat guest from Episode 015: The Time for Exclaiming Over Costumes, Jean!  This time she drops by the Reading Envy pub to discuss a few books she has read lately.

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Books discussed:

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
The Lover by Marguerite Duras
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Emperor's Babe by Bernardine Evaristo
A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich

Other books or topics that came up:

Library of Water
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
James Thurber - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in The New Yorker, 1939
Newberry Award
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
"Cancer novels" by Lurlene McDaniel
Henri le chat noir